CfA: Singer-Songwriter in Europe

Stuart Green and Isabelle Marc (editors):
„The Singer-Songwriter in Europe“
To be published in 2014/2015
Deadline for abstracts: Friday 31 May 2013

The convenors of the European Popular Music Research Group, based at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds, seek contributions in English for an edited volume on the figure of the singer-songwriter in Europe.

The very concept of the singer-songwriter, which includes artists as diverse as Françoise Hardy and John Lennon, is a complex and even controversial one, as shown by the debates generated during our international conference on the subject, „From Adele to Zeca Afonso“ (University of Leeds, 13-14 September 2012). Among the topics raised and addressed on that occasion were: the cultural constructions and perceptions of the singer-songwriter, questions of gender, politics and protest, auteurism, and notions of authenticity.

Inspired by these lines of research, the European Popular Musics Research Group plans to publish an edited volume on the singer-songwriter in Europe, perceived as a multicultural, multilingual and continually-evolving geopolitical space. The volume endeavours to interrogate the complex elements (not only musical and linguistic, but also social and ideological) which configure the avatars of the singer-songwriter within Europe and in relationship with non-European cultures.

We welcome chapters from all academic perspectives with a view to establishing a fruitful dialogue between different disciplinary approaches. We invite proposals of up to 500 words for contributions – from general theoretical reflections to individual case studies – under the following broad headings:

  • Definitions and cultural geographies of the singer-songwriter
  • Auteurism, authenticity and sincerity
  • Politics of/and the singer-songwriter
  • Gender dynamics

Proposals, including a title, a 500-word abstract, five keywords and a 150-word bio-bibliography, should be sent to by 31 May 2013. The editors will contact the selected contributors by 30 June 2013. Completed chapters will be sent for peer review to Ashgate by 31 January 2014 with a view to publishing the volume as part of its Popular Music series.

For further information, please contact Stuart Green (University of Leeds) and Isabelle Marc (Universidad Complutense) at

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